New Digital Scanning Labs

A NEW DIGITAL scholarship service lab opened recently in Skillman Library. The east end of Newman Technical Services area (room 111) now features equipment for large-format flatbed scanning up to 11×17 inches; photo, transparency, and 35-mm film scanning; and volume document scanning with text-capture.

The lab’s PC workstations provide tools for improving optical character recognition, textual analysis, and XML metadata manipulation. Color management tools help to preserve and accurately convey the original appearance of materials, explains Paul Miller, digital production manager.

In addition, Skillman 212 has been remodeled as a specialized capture studio with a 21-megapixel digital SLR camera on a wall-mounted vertical copy column, a high-end book cradle that speeds handling of delicate material, and a color-calibrated full-spectrum lighting system.

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